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There is another family connection in Stålbyen.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Michigan State tight-end Connor Heyward in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft this Saturday.
Heyward is the younger brother of the Steelers’ longtime defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, who reportedly said before the election that “hell will break loose” if the team chose his brother.
“I guess I got a roommate @ ConnorHeyward1,” Cameron wrote on Twitter after his brother was officially named No. 208.
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It was later revealed that when Connor Heyward received his draft from the Steelers, Cameron Heyward was actually next to him in their home in Atlanta, trying to figure out who was at the other end of the line.
“He followed me into my mother’s room and said, ‘Who is it,'” Connor Heyward said via the team’s website. “I said to him, ‘Just a second.’ It was coaching [Mike] Tomlin. About halfway through, I told him who it was, and his facial reaction was just invaluable. “
“I wanted to stay with my grandmother [in Pittsburgh] before I live with Cam, “Conner added, referring to roommate’s comments.” Otherwise, I’ll get my own place. For the first few weeks or so, I’m sure I want to stay with Cam or my grandmother, be localized, and get used to the football stuff. “
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The selection means the Steelers now have four sets of brothers on their roster.
“I honestly think having your siblings around makes you play that much better,” Connor said. “They can push you to the limits that your teammates can push you to, and once your brother has been tough on you, teammates can kind of look at it and say, ‘OK, he’s tough on me.'”
Other sibling duos in Pittsburgh are TJ and Derek Watt, Terrell and Trey Edmunds and Carlos and Khalil Davis.
“We value the intangible quality,” Tomlin added via ESPN. “When you deal with one, it probably gives you an indication of the other’s intangible quality. We’re all constantly trying to measure what we can not. That’s probably what drives us towards the brotherhood.”
Conner is about six inches shorter and 50 pounds lighter than his older brother, whom the Steelers picked No. 31 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Conner was a running back who got a tight end with the Spartans, getting 529 yards in 2018 and 200 yards in 2020. Last season, he got a total of 326 receiving yards and two touchdowns as a tight end.
The team says it expects to use Conner first as a tight end while they see what he can do as an H-back and special teams.
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“I see myself as all of them, and so do they,” Heyward added via the team’s website. “They like my versatility. They have a plan for me. No matter what it is, I will embrace it. I’m excited to be a Steeler.”